English ATAR

English teacher Mr. Doria with 2019 SCSA English award winner Ruvimbo Tambiri

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60% in Year 10 English Mainstream Coursework and Semester 1 Examination


50% in Year 10 English Extended OR ACE English Coursework and Semester 1 Examination


Successful completion of OLNA.

If you would like to see the Prerequisites page please click HERE.

The English ATAR course focuses on developing students’ analytical, creative, critical thinking and communication skills in all language modes, encouraging students to critically engage with texts from their contemporary world, the past, and from Australian and other cultures. Through close study and wide reading, viewing and listening, students develop the ability to analyse and evaluate the purpose, stylistic qualities and conventions of texts and to enjoy creating imaginative, interpretive, persuasive and analytical responses in a range of written, oral, multimodal and digital forms.

This course is organised into a Year 11 syllabus and a Year 12 syllabus. The cognitive complexity of the syllabus content increases from Year 11 to Year 12.

  • Universities have approved the removal of the unacceptable combination rule for English ATAR and Literature ATAR, effective for the 2020 ATAR calculation onwards. This means that, if a student takes English ATAR and Literature ATAR, scaled scores from both courses can count towards their Tertiary Entrance Aggregate and ATAR. The link to the new ruling is HERE
  • Over the past nine years, English ATAR in Mercedes College has had a median ATAR score above the CEWA (Catholic Education WA) median score
  • Syllabus and other SCSA documentation can be found HERE

The ATAR English course allows students to develop their literary skills in an engaging way. Studying texts from a range of different contexts enables students to gain an insight into how societal attitudes and values have changed over time. The additional focus on contemporary issues allows for students to link the texts studied in class to their personal contexts. I enjoyed analysing the course material with my fellow students through class discussions, and considering their views served to broaden my understanding and appreciation of the texts studied. The range of areas that the course offers to students, including film study and public speaking skills, are presented in a way that encourages student participation. Overall, ATAR English is a well-structured course which successfully develops the communication and language skills of students.

Rosie Battalis Class of 2020

Year 12 English ATAR

To access the syllabus for this subject please click HERE.

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